LOTUS ASIAN KITCHEN & LOUNGE • First Hill: Across from Vito's—where the First Hill Bar & Grill finally retired after 34 glorious, divey years—Lotus is brought to us by Ridgley Kuang, owner of Green Leaf in Belltown and the ID. Some of Green Leaf's massive and massively delicious Vietnamese menu has migrated, and they're also serving Chinese dishes. The interior looks pleasant, and the prices look low, and there's a bar, too. YES! (901 Madison St, 623-6333, $–$$)

• THE OLD SAGE • Capitol Hill: The Old Sage Smoked Meats and Malts is the conception of Brian McCracken and Dana Tough, the duo behind Spur, the Coterie Room, and Tavern Law, and it's on the same block as the latter, joining the Capitol Hill party-time circuit. Per the website, the place's "shadowy allure" offers the neighborhood "an urban hearth, celebrating humble meats and vegetables, paired with all varieties of malted beverages for sipping. Under the muralled gaze of a teetotal-ling City pioneer, guests of The Old Sage enjoy skillfully smoked meats and seafood... The incandescently lit bar hosts a library of scotch and a rotating selection of artisanal craft beers... which satisfy those less moderate in this city of pioneers." The teetotaler is Arthur Denny, the look is postindustrial men's club, and while the prose leaves something to be desired, the food and drink will probably be very good. (1410 12th Ave, 557-7430, theoldsageseattle.com, $$$)

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THE LONDON PLANE • Pioneer Square: Katherine Anderson (Marigold and Mint) and Matt Dillon (of the great Sitka & Spruce, the Corson Building, and Bar Sajor) run the wine bar/flower stand the London Plane, across the cobblestones from Bar Sajor. A London plane is a tree, Platanus acerifolia; a sycamore hybrid, it is said to be especially tolerant of urban conditions, and these are the lovely trees that shade Occidental Park. You can pretty much bet that this will be an excellent place to get a glass (or bottle) of wine and a snack. Coming soon: a bakery adjunct (hooray!). (322 Occidental Ave S, 624-1374, thelondonplaneseattle.com, $$)

FREDDY JUNIOR'S • Capitol Hill: Does Capitol Hill need more hamburgers? It's getting some in the form of this no-frills burger place where (also no-frills) Grubwich used to be on Broadway, brought to you by the owner of the beloved Rancho Bravo. (His name is Freddy.) (1513 Broadway, no phone, $)

• RGB MARKET • Pike Place Market: People who love Rachel's Ginger Beer and/or ice cream and/or alcohol (or ALL THREE TOGETHER), commence freaking out: This is the combo soda fountain/bar you've been waiting for. The ice cream comes from Cupcake Royale. YAY. (1530 Post Alley, rachelsgingerbeer.com, $)

BLIND PIG AT EASTLAKE TERIYAKI • Eastlake: Run by the (great) Blind Pig's (awesome) GM, Rene Gutierrez, the BPET serves sandwiches (like falafel or catfish or pork belly banh mi), salads (like quinoa or beets or panzanella), and a couple daily soups, all out of the former teriyaki spot next door (hence the name). It's all probably really good. (2236 Eastlake Ave E, 329-2744, blindpigbistro.com, $$)

VIF • Fremont: Vif is a sleek-looking, community-minded, and carefully sourced Fremont cafe/wine bar/restaurant, located where its polar opposite, Herfy's, used to be. It's brought to you by Lauren Feldman and Shawn Mead, both formerly of Campagne/Cafe Campagne and also of much wine experience. Vif means alive/bright/vibrant/etc. in French. This place could be great. (4401 Fremont Ave N, 557-7357, vifseattle.com, $–$$)

• TIN UMBRELLA COFFEE • Hillman City: Tin Umbrella Coffee has "transformed a long-abandoned, old building in South Seattle's historic Hillman City into an inviting coffee house featuring exotic single-origin espressos and our artisan coffee blends that we roast ourselves, in South Seattle's very first coffee roastery (that's us!)." Our friend Jill (the editor of Edible Seattle) says: "(a) It's a very nice, sunny space with friendly owners, and (b) they have pretty great little pies from a pie company called It's Pie Life." (5600 Rainier Ave S, Unit A, 743-8802, facebook.com/TinUmbrellaCoffee, $)

• TINY NINJA • Wallingford: Tiny Ninja founder Becky says: "Tiny Ninja is about doing good. It is about evolving as humans... Tiny Ninja Cafe will do that through food, coffee, art, and music... we will do our best to make your life better." Tiny Ninja serves sandwiches (like the Brick House, with Gouda, pears, bacon, and horseradish mustard), salads, breakfast items, smoothies, and beer and wine. (3510 Stone Way N, 420-4435, tinyninjacafe.com, $)

HUMBLE PIE • Central District: Humble Pie, located in a humble building on Rainier, serves wood-fired pizzas with promisingly evocative names like Mushroom Egg, Apple Beecher's Flagship, Smoked Eggplant, and Whole Hog. (525 Rainier Ave S, 329-5133, humblepieseattle.com, $–$$)

14 CARROT TACO STAND • Eastlake: It's cash-only, all-over-the-place tacos—like bulgogi, chicken tikka masala, falafel, baby back rib—sold out of Eastlake's 14 Carrot Cafe on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. People in the neighborhood really like it. Note: The last (great) iteration of this taco stand, Tako Truk, went on to become the (great) Madison Park Conservatory (which still makes Tako Truk tacos on Fridays and Saturdays at lunchtime in the summer). (2305 Eastlake Ave E, facebook.com/14CarrotTacoStand, $)

GUSTA SANDWICHES • on the road: Owner Clare McCormic was studying accounting when she realized she hated it. She went to culinary school, worked in restaurants, and now brings Seattle her food truck with its awesome-sounding sandwiches, like porchetta (pork belly, garlic/parsley spread, ciabatta). And right now on Friday nights and Saturday/Sunday lunchtimes, GUSTA is doing a pop-up at American Pie in Georgetown. (Traveling, 415-680-0753, facebook.com/gustaseattle, $)

ASGARD TAVERN • Fremont: From local Odin Brewing (which, somewhat alarmingly, "embraces the exploratory spirit of the ancient Vikings"), Asgard Tavern is a tasting room/bar on the border of Fremont and Wallingford. Sacking and pillaging are presumably permitted. (1300 N Northlake Way, 402-4704, odinbrewing.wordpress.com/tasting-room, $)

ROCKCREEK • Fremont: "Named after the body of water Chef Donnelly has a nostalgic fly-fishing relationship with," RockCreek serves sustainably sourced seafood in a high-ceilinged warehouse-type space (which looks nice, if potentially LOUD) next to Uneeda Burger in Fremont. Eric Donnelly was formerly at Toulouse Petit. (4300 Fremont Ave N, 557-7532, rockcreekseattle.com, $$$)

WESTCITY KITCHEN • West Seattle: Chef Kym Goheen, formerly of Frank's Oyster House and Pair, runs this "simple neighborhood dinnerhouse." (3405 California Ave SW, 937-0155, facebook.com/wcsardinekitchen, $$–$$$)

• OUTSIDE THE BOX • on the road: The Outside the Box food truck parks outside CrossFit gyms and sells paleo-friendly meals, because steak salad is closer to what our hunter-gatherer forefathers ate than cheesecake. (Traveling, 425-272-5361, eat-otb.com, $$)

SOME RANDOM BAR • Belltown: The nice-looking Some Random Bar, in the former C.S. Finnegan's spot, promises "local, fresh, seasonal 'farm to table' cuisine, perfectly poured pints, and classically prepared cocktails served up with a smile." Chef Eric Sakai was most recently at the Four Seasons in Jackson Hole. (2604 First Ave, 745-2185, somerandombar.com, $$)

CEDERBERG TEA HOUSE • Queen Anne: Named for the Cederberg mountain area of South Africa, it's a family-run tea house serving South African favorites like koeksister (syrup-soaked doughnuts). (1417 Queen Anne Ave N, Ste 101-B, 285-1352, cederbergteahouse.com, $)

ZOUAVE • Ravenna: Sharing a name with the French army regiments that served in colonial North Africa, Zouave offers an all-over-the-Mediterranean-map menu. (2615 NE 65th St, 525-7747, zouaverestaurant.com, $$)

THE COMMONS • Woodinville: The Heavy Restaurant Group (Barrio, Purple, etc.) says: "Located in the heart of the Woodinville Wine District, The Commons is a neighborhood gathering place serving a wide range of seasonal comfort food and drinks in an inviting and informal setting." (14481 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, 425-892-7012, thecommonscafe.com, $$)

REOPENED: EMERALD CITY FISH & CHIPS • Rainier: After an SUV ran into it last month!

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RENAMED: WINE TEA CHOCOLATE • Fremont: Now known as the Barrel Thief.

NEW LOCATIONS OF EXISTING PLACES: THE ALIBI ROOM • Greenwood: A second edition of the longtime hidden-away Pike Place Market spot • AMERICAN PIE • Wallingford: The great Georgetown bakery, now also in Wallingford Center • FUJI BAKERY • Interbay: At last, more Fuji deliciousness! • HOMEGROWN SUSTAINABLE SANDWICH SHOP • downtown: A fourth location, on Second and Marion recommended

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